Berlinale Special and Berlinale Shorts Programme presented

Tilda Swinton, Johnny Depp and many more in works of upcoming directors!

With a little bit more than a month to 70th edition of Berlinale International Film Festival, we are getting more and more news about the festival line-up, jury members, as well as all the other amazing side programs. On Tuesday, 14th of January among numerous news, Berlinale announced the full line-up for Berlinale Shorts by also introducing us to several new titles under the Berlinale Specials program.  


This year, Berlinale Shorts is entering a new chapter. After Maike Mia Höhne headed the section for twelve years, Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck has now taken over the position as curator and section head and presents her first program.


“The short form enjoys special freedom, it sets its own rules,” says Henckel-Donnersmarck. “It operates outside the conventional distribution chains and doesn’t need to please the expectations of a market. Its special magic unfolds once established viewing habits are left behind. We are very much looking forward to sharing this magic with the audience.”


The total of 24 films from 18 countries flows through a broad spectrum of topics and aesthetics that invite viewers to reflect, inspire and discuss!


Films of the Berlinale Shorts 2020

2008, Blake Williams, Canada, 12’ (IP)

À l'entrée de la nuit, Anton Bialas, France, 19’ (WP)

Aletsch Negative, Laurence Bonvin, Switzerland, 12’ (IP)

Atkūrimas, Laurynas Bareisa, Lithuania, 13’ (WP)

Cause of Death, Jyoti Mistry, South Africa / Austria, 19’ (WP)

Celle qui porte la pluie, Marianne Métivier, Canada, 17’ (IP)

A Demonstration, Sasha Litvintseva, Beny Wagner, Germany / Netherlands / United Kingdom, 25’ (WP)

Écume, Omar Elhamy, Canada, 28’ (WP)

Filipiñana, Rafael Manuel, Philippines / United Kingdom, 24’ (WP)

Genius Loci, Adrien Mérigeau, France, 16’ (IP)

Girl and Body, Charlotte Mars, Australia, 19’ (IP)

Gumnaam Din, Ekta Mittal, India, 29’ (IP)

HaMa'azin, Omer Sterenberg, Israel, 11’ (IP)

How to Disappear, Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf, Austria, 21’ (WP)

Huntsville Station, Chris Filippone, Jamie Meltzer, USA, 14’ (WP)

Inflorescence, Nicolaas Schmidt, Germany, 8’ (WP)

It Wasn't the Right Mountain, Mohammad, Mili Pecherer, France, 29’ (WP)

My Galactic Twin Galaction, Sasha Svirsky, Russian Federation, 7’ (WP)

Playback. Ensayo de una despedida, Agustina Comedi, Argentina, 14’ (IP)

So We Live, Rand Abou Fakher, Belgium, 16’ (WP)

Stump the Guesser, Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, Canada, 19’ (WP)

T, Keisha Rae Witherspoon, USA, 14’ (IP)

Union County, Adam Meeks, USA, 14’ (WP)

Veitstanz/Feixtanz, Gabriele Stötzer, GDR, 25’, 1988 (out of competition)


The Berlinale Special is the most multifaceted section of the festival, a space for reflection on what film encompasses. The variety of forms finds its home in different venues of the festival. Additional films will be added to the films already announced until the end of January.


Berlinale Special Gala Screening at Berlinale Palast


Czech Republic / Ireland / Poland / Slovakia

by Agnieszka Holland

with Ivan Trojan, Josef Trojan, Juraj Loj, Jaroslava Pokorná

World Premiere

Berlinale Special Gala Screening at Friedrichstadt-Palast


United Kingdom

by Andrew Levitas

with Johnny Depp, Hiroyuki Sanada, Minami, Bill Nighy

World premiere

Berlinale Special at Haus der Berliner Festspiele



by Nanette Burstein

International premiere / Documentary series

Last and First Men


by Jóhann Jóhannsson

Narrated by Tilda Swinton

World premiere / Documentary form

Yi Zhi You Dao Hai Shui Bian Lan (Swimming Out Till The Sea Turns Blue)

People’s Republic of China

by Jia Zhang-ke

World premiere / Documentary form

Minami, Johnny Depp in Minamata by Andrew Levitas (Stills Berlinale Special 2020)